Inside (Review)

Inside (Review)

We received a review code for Inside on the Switch. Inside is an unusual game, a dark puzzle-platformer that raises questions almost immediately. It gives no context, but instead immediately puts you in the role of a boy traveling through a forest while avoiding guards. You must solve environmental puzzles in order to progress, while elements of stealth and even horror also come into play since you’re entirely vulnerable. Unlike its predecessor, Limbo, difficult puzzles aren’t the centerpiece here. It features puzzles that might take you some time to think through, and there are plenty of ways to die (mitigated by a forgiving checkpoint system), but both of these aspects take a b... »

July 1 – July 7: Nintendo News Bytes

July 1 – July 7: Nintendo News Bytes

July is here, and with the new month comes a new set of announcements and updates (and quite a lot of them, in fact). Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations We missed it in the rush of E3 news, but in addition to Grim Fandango Remastered, Broken Age is coming to the Switch. Mercenaries Wings: The False Phoenix has been announced for the Switch and PS4, telling a separate story in the Mercenaries Saga series. A job listing has revealed that Square Enix’s Business Division 8 is working on an action RPG for the Switch and PS4. The Darius Cozmic Collection has been announced for Japan, bringi... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 22

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 22

Welcome to Issue 22 of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we go through Nintendo’s history to see which video game anniversaries we celebrate this week. Let’s take a look… June 24 and 25 – Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE comes to the west. One of the most overlooked Wii U titles, the confusingly-named Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE came to North America and Europe on June 24, 2016 and a day later in Australasia regions. Already controversial due to not being what fans expected from a Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover, it didn’t sell well despite a fairly good reception, and remains one of the titles we’d love to see given a second chance on the Switch. June 26 ... »

The Journey Down: Chapter One (Review)

The Journey Down: Chapter One (Review)

We received a review code for The Journey Down: Chapter One on the Switch. This point-and-click adventure game game draws on Afro-Caribbean inspiration, most noticeably in its character designs, which are based on African masks. While the main character’s mask-like face occasionally makes him look stiff, I got used to it pretty quickly, although some areas do have a jarring difference between the 3D character models and 2D backgrounds. The soundtrack also deserves a mention, as the catchy music helps set the scene. The Journey Down: Chapter One begins with a hint of a conspiracy, as a sinister organization hunts for an important book, but then shifts to focus on a run-down gas station ... »

June 24 – June 30: Nintendo News Bytes

June 24 – June 30: Nintendo News Bytes

As June comes to a close, we still have many new announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Localization of Inazuma Eleven Ares was quietly confirmed in a press release. Yo-Kai Watch 4 was officially unveiled with a short teaser trailer. An action-adventure game called Fimbul has been announced for all major platforms for November. Blacksad: Under the Skin is coming to all major platforms in 2019. SubaraCity is coming to the Switch in August in Japan. The Lion’s Song is coming to the eShop on July 10 for $9.99. Carnival Games has been announced for the Switch for $39.99, to be ... »

Pode (Review)

Pode (Review)

After our interview about Pode, Henchman & Goon sent us a review code. Pode is a puzzle game about a fallen star that teams up with a rock in order to find its way home. Together, the two set out to climb a mountain so the star can return to the sky. However, this isn’t just any mountain, but a mountain filled with puzzles. To overcome them and proceed through each chamber, you’ll need to make use of the characters’ abilities. Glo (the star) can bring plants to life and eventually teleport, while Bulder (the rock) can magnetize switches and pick up items. Figuring out where and how to use their abilities is key. Pode uses simple tutorials with no text, which leads to so... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 21

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 21

Welcome to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back at this week in Nintendo history. What video game anniversaries do we celebrate this week? Let’s take a look. June 18 and 21 – Pokémon Conquest comes to the west. A crossover between Pokémon and Nobunaga’s Ambition is something no one saw coming, but Pokémon Conquest not only got made, it was brought to North America on June 18, 2012 and Australasia on June 21, 2012 (with the European release to follow the next week). While an unusual concept, this tactical Pokémon game proved to be one of the most popular Pokémon spin-offs. June 19 – Ghost Trick is released. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective was a new DS gam... »

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The Longest 5 Minutes – Nintendo Switch – REVIEW

The Longest 5 Minutes – Nintendo Switch – REVIEW

Product provided by NIS America. The Longest 5 Minutes released on the Nintendo Switch not long ago and I have completed a full let’s play of the game which will be publishing to our YouTube channel later this month. The game is set in a classic 8-bit style setting and features classic RPG game-play. The game starts off however in a very unusual scenario where you, the hero are in a final battle against an evil overlord… aka The Demon King. The problem is you have no idea why you’re there, who you are, or even who you are fighting. This sets up the entire game as you’ll have to unravel all of these questions and gain your memory back. As you regain your memory and com... »

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Review)

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Review)

After our interview with the developers of Layers of Fear: Legacy, they sent us a review code so we could experience this journey through madness. Layers of Fear puts you in the shoes of an artist who returns to his old home to complete the masterpiece he’s been attempting to paint. After a brief exploration of the house, you unveil your canvas and get to work. Simple, right? Not when reality warps the moment you leave the room, and you find yourself in another version of the house as it twists and changes around you. Layers of Fear depicts the artist’s madness through an ever-shifting environment, with imagery that is often symbolic and always surreal. These changes often come i... »

The Darkside Detective (Review)

The Darkside Detective (Review)

After our interview about The Darkside Detective, its developers sent us a review copy so we could see just what this humorous supernatural adventure game was all about. And so, I stepped into the shoes of Francis McQueen, an underpaid and undervalued detective who takes on the weird, supernatural cases that plague the city. Or, more often than not, he stumbles onto them. The Darkside Detective is split into six different cases, each of which is fairly self-contained, but only the first one has the police intentionally put the Darkside Division on the case. McQueen and his partner, Officer Dooley, are usually just in the right place at the right time – or the wrong place at the wrong t... »

One More Dungeon (Review)

One More Dungeon (Review)

One More Dungeon is an unexpected blend of genres, a first-person shooter with pixel art graphics and roguelike dungeon crawling. It tosses you into a dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and challenges you to use melee weapons and ranged magic to explore each floor, defeat the boss, and proceed to the next floor without dying along the way. If you die, you’ll need to start over from the beginning with new procedurally generated environments. One More Dungeon can be brutal. If you don’t take them out quickly, enemies can quickly destroy you, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to encounter a group of them at once. Your magic attacks are quite useful, but with random i... »

Battle Chef Brigade (Review)

Battle Chef Brigade (Review)

After our interview about Battle Chef Brigade, the developers sent us a review copy so we could see just how the different elements of this genre-blending cooking game come together. Any fantasy world filled with monsters needs heroes to defeat them… and in the realm of Victusia, people realized defeated monsters shouldn’t go to waste. As a result, Victusia is home to the Battle Chef Brigade, elite warrior chefs that fight monsters and then prepare them into fantastic dishes. To enter the Battle Chef Brigade, hopeful cooks come from all around to compete in an intense cooking competition. In practice, this presents us with two very different styles of gameplay. First, you’l... »

Earth Atlantis (Review)

Earth Atlantis (Review)

After our interview about Earth Atlantis, Pixel Perfex sent us a review code of the game so we could dive into its post-apocalyptic underwater world and see what it’s all about. The game begins with a quick explanation about how the world is underwater and you must hunt down dangerous monsters, and then it sets you loose. With this premise, you might expect an open world filled with monsters for you to discover and pursue. However, Earth Atlantis is structured more like a Metroidvania, with maze-like passages, upgrades to find, and new sections that open up as you defeat monsters. Only a handful of these bosses are available at a time, so you’ll spend much of your time fighting t... »

Wulverblade (Review)

Wulverblade (Review)

After our interview with Fully Illustrated about Wulverblade for the Switch, we received a review code so that we could dive into this bloody side-scrolling beat ’em up and see just how brutal it is. Set in Roman Britain at around 120 AD, Wulverblade follows three warriors attempting to drive out the Roman forces and their allies. While the story mainly follows Caradoc, the most balanced character, you can also choose to play as his brother Brennus (higher power and lower speed) or his sister Guinevere (higher speed and lower power). Two people can also play together in co-op mode. Whatever you choose, you’ll soon find yourself hacking through enemies in a bloodbath that includes... »

An Interview With the Developers of Wulverblade

An Interview With the Developers of Wulverblade

Wulverblade is a side scrolling beat-em-up coming soon for the Nintendo Switch, set in ancient Roman Britain. After watching the trailer for Wulverblade, we got in touch with the developers to learn more about it. Many games opt for a medieval setting, so it’s interesting to see a game like Wulverblade choose 120 AD for its setting. What inspired you to pick this historical setting and premise? Britain’s history goes back many thousands of years yet we rarely see or hear much about the times before Rome had settled here. Our ancient history has always been of interest to me and visiting stone circles and old Roman ruins had always ignited my imagination.  There are so many incredible t... »

An Interview With the Developer of Yono and the Celestial Elephants

An Interview With the Developer of Yono and the Celestial Elephants

When Nintendo showed off the upcoming indie games for the Nintendo Switch, we were captivated by the adorable elephant game called Yono and the Celestial Elephants. We got in touch with Niklas Hallin from Neckbolt to learn more about this game. What inspired you to create Yono and the Celestial Elephants? I have a very specific genre of games that I like, and that I have been analyzing since I was a kid. Over the years I have developed a method for thinking about puzzle design, and it was never really a question what kind of games I would be making. The issue was whether or not I had the skills to do it. After several game projects, some of which have been released, I finally felt that I had... »

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

Another game that caught our eye from the upcoming Switch indies was Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure based on the culture of the Tarahumara people. After the Nindies showcase, we got in touch with the developers to learn a little more about Mulaka and what we can expect when it launches in 2018. The description for Mulaka mentions hand-to-hand combat, platforming, and puzzle-solving. How would you describe the core gameplay? What would you compare it to? Mulaka’s gameplay is being designed in a way that appeals to the biggest audience we can because we believe that the stories we’re telling deserve to be heard by many people. The game plays as a 3D action game with equal emphasis o... »

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

One of the most intriguing upcoming Switch games shown at the recent Nindies showcase was Earth Atlantis, a side-scrolling shooter from Pixel Perfex set in an underwater world. After seeing the trailer, we got in touch with the developer to learn more about the game and spoke with Anucha Aribarg, the director and designer of Earth Atlantis. Earth Atlantis is a side-scrolling shooter that combines arcade-style shooting with “Metroidvania” exploration elements, along with a focus on defeating large enemies in an underwater world. That’s an interesting combination. What were your greatest inspirations for the premise and gameplay? We really like side-scrolling shmups. We played all the classic ... »

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

During the Nindies showcase, we were intrigued by the entertaining concept of Battle Chef Brigade from Trinket Studios. After the presentation, we got in touch with Trinket Studios to learn more about Battle Chef Brigade and its Switch release. Orcs, elves, and humans hunting for ingredients and then showing off their cooking prowess in a sort of fantasy Iron Chef? There must be a story there. What inspired you for the premise of Battle Chef Brigade? We spent quite a long time brainstorming ideas and really struggled to come up with anything that excited us. After one particularly fruitless morning brainstorming session, we started making lunch and turned on the Food Network. We immediately ... »

An Interview With the Developers of The Seashore

An Interview With the Developers of The Seashore

A new indie game has made the Switch one of its primary goals of its Kickstarter campaign, a co-op action platformer called The Seashore from Boomerang Games. We recently got in touch with Boomerang Games to learn a little more about this upcoming game. According to your Kickstarter page, you specifically chose the Switch as a platform for The Seashore because of all the different ways the Switch can handle multiplayer. What do you see as the Switch’s biggest advantage for The Seashore? It goes way back to childhood when my friends and I just adored video games! We played in such hits as Megaman X, Super Castlevania IV, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Warioland, etc. We have done it e... »

An Interview With the Developer of Quest of Dungeons

An Interview With the Developer of Quest of Dungeons

On August 2, Upfall Studios announced that the turn-based dungeon crawler Quest of Dungeons would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version came out in Japan on August 10, and it will be released in other regions in the near future. We got in touch with Upfall Studios to speak with David Amador about Quest of Dungeons and learn more about the Switch version’s new content. Quest of Dungeons was released for many systems previously, including the 3DS and Wii U. Was a Switch version something you had in mind from the moment the console was announced? The Switch was announced around 20 days after the release of Quest of Dungeons on Wii U/3DS, the fact that it was both portable a... »

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